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World's Dirtiest Rivers and Lakes

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Lake Victoria borders three countries in East Africa - Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda - making it extra difficult to negotiate cleanup and pollution prevention. As there are few enforced regulations, residents wash cars in the same lake water that sewage water is regularly released in and that they also end up bathing in. Even worse, people who come in contact with the water are susceptible to coming away with several diseases including, schistosomiasis, bilharzia, cholera, pneumonia, diarrhea, and several skin diseases.

Image of Lake Victoria at Sunset. Image via: Smuchai on Flickr.com

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